It’s done. The new studio is up and running, the old one is now occupied by new tenants. I posted my key under their (previous) door two days before the end of November, giving them just enough time to shift their belongings along the hall before the month was out. No ladders required!
I’ve taken a bunch of pictures at different angles but also at different stages of setup, so don’t be surprised if things seem to be moving about. They are.
I think I mentioned purchasing a blind: here you can see why. Both studios face south, but the light in here is much brighter than I have been used to. Upstairs the windows are shorter and mine had textured wired glass, which diffused the light very comfortably. Other than the blind, which is mainly for my benefit, I haven’t yet taken any special steps to protect my yarn from the light. I may end up doing more. Of course the sun is almost at its lowest point now, so it won’t always be as direct as this.
The Ashford table looms hang on hooks just above the tables. I am one loom short at the moment as it is out on loan, but eventually there will be four-in-a-row.
Looking back towards the door…
Hey, nice ladder!
The Ashford stands are still leaning against the loft balustrade. One is going to a new home; the other will eventually hang on the wall.
As there is no built-in lighting under the platform I have added my own.
Overall the room feels much larger than it looks, which is a pleasant surprise. I think the height of it overwhelms one’s perception of the length and breadth. But I’m particularly pleased, and slightly amazed, by how spacious this little corner has turned out to be. That warping mill has a 3m circumference. Not only is there plenty of room to twirl it but, crucially, it is standing a good metre away from the back wall so there is also ample space to walk behind it and access the shelving in the alcove. Yes, those are Ashford loom stands. They are quick and sneaky, aren’t they?
You get the best view from the loft.
We had to go to Ikea to get a new end piece for the yarn shelves, which have been split from one long unit into two shorter ones. So I seized the opportunity to treat myself to this little trolley as well (shamelessly copying a friend) and am already wondering how I managed without it.
You may spot that the Delta is not present. It is currently on ice in our dining room, awaiting further developments. More on that in the new year.
Meanwhile, as you can see above, weaving has commenced. There is warp…
…and there is weft.
And a weaver who is very happy to be back at the loom in a lovely workspace. I just have to try and remember what I was working on!